Joshua 1:8 - "This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it (meditate in it, KJV) day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do."
Joshua was selected by God to succeed Moses. He was to lead these 2-3 million people into the Promised Land. He needed encouragement to be able to move forward and find success. Often today we also need this in our lives. You see, it is the enemies strongest desire to see us fail in our Christian walk. He wanted the Israelites to fail, and he wants us to fail today.
So, what did God tell Joshua to do to defeat the enemy? Meditate. I'm not talking about the eastern mystic who sits and stares at the lint in his navel and mumbles a phrase. I'm talking about Biblical meditation.
Take a passage of Scripture - it doesn't need to be more than a couple of verses and read them. Then take time to meditate upon them as they apply to you -- Dr. Charles Stanley speaks of four principles that will guide us into meaningful meditation.
- Review the past as a means to guide us into our time of meditation. Think about God's faithfulness in our lives up to this point. Be specific in your thoughts.
- Reflect then upon God. Thinking of what He has done in the past should lead us to think on His grace and goodness.
- Follow this up by remembering God's promises. Others may back out of their promises - but God will never do this. We can be assured that the promises He has made in His Word are secure and will be upheld.
- Finally, we come to the point of making request of God.
Today, either start now, or set a plan into motion to take dome time each day to meditate upon God's Word. Use this discipline to draw you closer to your Creator, your Father, your Friend.